Mentoring is inevitable. It happens as friends talk, as parents spend time with their kids, as Uncle Bernie takes little Corey fishing, as the boss shows the employee how the new laser printer works. Other times it’s more structured and focused on personal growth. Both are good. At Entrust, we love mentoring and see it as key to our mandate to multiply leaders for multiplying churches. If you’re eager to be mentored in your walk with Christ, consider author Randy Alcorn’s five practical steps for getting started. And don’t be surprised if somewhere along the way, someone asks you to mentor them!
Whether you’ve been hanging out regularly with your cross-generational friend or are just getting started on this thing we call Operation CrossGen, no matter. Jump on in now. Get with someone of a different generation than your own and have conversation about commitment. Find out what/who your friend feels committed to, how they define that word. Where have they seen positive or negative examples of commitment? Ask, listen and seek to understand. Don’t fix!
Last time you hung out with your cross-generational friend, you asked him a lot of questions about technology. Pick up where you left off. How about asking her to teach you something? Your friend might be able to answer some of your Facebook, email, Photo Shop or Power Point questions, help you set up an Instagram or Twitter account, teach you a thing or two about auto mechanics, carpentry, gardening, electricity, sewing, food processing. Every generation has an area of expertise. Discover your friend’s expertise!
High-tech, low-tech or something in between? Talk with your OCG friend this week about technology. What forms of technology does he like/use? Why? What does she not like/avoid? Why? What needs does he seek to fill through technology? Remember, do your best to listen, not advise. We’re all about gaining understanding of each other in Operation CrossGen.
As summer winds down and life gets crazy, aim to spend some time with your cross-generational friend this week with no agenda. Maybe the word is “chill.” No activity. No cause. No work. No agenda. Just be. Let your friend bring up topics. See what happens. Could be enlightening and surprisingly effective. Find out!
Have any friends not your age? Find yourself griping about people older/younger than you? How about making an intentional friend in that age group? Entrust’s Operation CrossGen is a low-key initiative giving you ideas on how to build that friendship, learn about that person and build a bridge. Check it out and jump in today.
During these lazy, hazy days of summer, try to learn about your cross-generational friend’s thoughts on time. Ask your friend what she likes to do when she has nothing to do. Is she comfortable with having “nothing to do?” Is there a difference between what he says he likes to do and what he actually does with free time? Is she at peace with how she uses her time? Ask, listen, absorb and learn!